Common Name: Eve's pin
Origin: Austrocylindropuntia subulata is native to the Peruvian Andes, at altitudes from 2,000 and 3,500 meters above level. However, the species has been widely cultivated in Argentina, Bolivia, and other parts of South America as well. The type specimen originates from Valparaiso, Chile, likely as a cultivated plant.
Description: A. subulata is a tree-like cactus with a columnar, woody trunk that is basally branching, possessing dark-brown bark in older specimens. Stems are green, with awl-shaped leaves and woolly areoles, from which several glochids emerge. During mid-spring to mid-summer, showy flowers will develop, varied in color. These will lead to dark green or red fruits covered with fine, stinging hairs.
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